For many people, small pockets of stubborn fat just won’t budge even with a healthy diet and exercise. Seeing these bulges adding bumps to your contours can be frustrating. CoolSculpting® can be an effective, non-surgical way to eliminate this excess fat by freezing and destroying the fat cells.
Are You a Candidate?
The best candidates for CoolSculpting® are men and women who are at or near their ideal body weight. Ideal candidates are interested in a non-surgical alternative to liposuction to remove excess fat and feel frustrated by stubborn bulges of fat in the abdomen, inner thigh, outer thigh, double chin and flanks or sides, including love handles or a muffin top. The FDA has only approved the use of CoolSculpting® for those areas.
CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss procedure and is only right for people with small amounts of extra fat in specific spots. Every CoolSculpting® session is different—it all depends on your natural body shape and the specific areas of fat you are targeting. Your treatment is completely customizable and our CoolSculpting Specialist will work with you to create a plan that’s quite literally made for you.
CoolSculpting® uses controlled cooling — called cryolipolysis — to freeze or crystalize fat cells without damaging your skin or surrounding tissue. The frozen fat cells collapse and your body naturally flushes away the cells in the months after your treatment. CoolSculpting® permanently destroys about 20 to 25 percent of the fat cells in the treatment area for an improved shape and long-lasting results.
The number of treatments varies depending on your specific goals, but we typically recommend two to four treatment cycles to achieve desired results.
CoolSculpting is a highly customized procedure. We recommend setting up a free consultation with our CoolSculpting Specialist to develop a custom treatment plan that meets your personal goals. Most of our patients want multiple treatments in order to achieve their ideal outcome and we offer package pricing so that you can save money with multiple treatments.
During your CoolSculpting consultation, our CoolSculpting Specialist will be happy to answer any questions you may have about pricing to help you fully understand the costs associated with your CoolSculpting® treatment.
What to Expect
Your CoolSculpting® treatment starts by our staff applying a clear gel pad on the target area. This provides a barrier between the cooling panel and your skin. You’ll feel a slight sucking sensation as the applicator adheres to your body. You may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. CoolSculpting® treatments are between 35 and 75 minutes and you may be able to have more than one area treated during a single visit. During your treatment, you will be able to read, answer emails, or even watch your favorite movie. After the applicator is detached, your provider will do a brief massage on the treatment area to break up fat cells and enhance your fat reduction.
You should experience little to no downtime after each CoolSculpting® treatment and should be able to quickly resume your normal activities. Some people even return to work after treatments.
Risk and Complications
Because CoolSculpting® chills the area and uses suction on your skin, treatments can cause temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and mild pain. The redness should fade within in a few hours though it may last for up to 2 weeks after treatment. You may also notice bruising, swelling, tenderness, cramping, aching, skin sensitivity, tingling, and numbness for 1 to 2 weeks.
Your New Look
Because CoolSculpting® works with your body to flush away dead fat cells, your results won’t be immediately visible. You may begin seeing results as soon as three weeks after your treatment with more pronounced results showing after two months. As your body finishes clearing away fat cells, you should see sleeker contours and a smoother silhouette about 4 to 6 months after CoolSculpting® treatments.